The good news is that John Irving doesn’t believe that the book is dead. On the other hand, in a recent interview for “Big Think”, he says that if he were a 27-year-old novelist trying to get his first book published today, he’d be tempted to shoot himself.
I think my favorite response to this interview so far is from the Fiction Circus’ Miracle Jones, who says:
“As a 27-year-old writer trying to get his first novel published, I’d much rather kill John Irving.”
Instead of my typical point-by-point rebuttal, I thought this time I’d respond to Irving’s sentiments with a list of contemporary writers under 27 (or who have recently been 27) who have been doing just fine. Read more »